Record numbers enjoy near perfect conditions at sunny Hickling Broad

PUBLISHED: 08:37 23 May 2018

Action from Hickling at the weekend Picture: Ian Symonds

Action from Hickling at the weekend Picture: Ian Symonds


Club training at Hickling Broad Sailing Club saw record numbers of boats on the water in glorious sun and a good sailing breeze from the north.

Wayfarer helms were giving the younger sailors experience as crew and single handers were out enjoying the almost perfect conditions for junior and beginner sailors.

Sunday’s racing began with a slightly hazy start, but with a good breeze from the east/south-east. This soon cleared to a bright sunny day. Committee boat starts again gave racers the best use of the breeze; PRO Greg Northmore kept that momentum going with minor adjustments to the course.

In the first race, Richard Whitefoot’s Punt HC (Hard Chine) with new crew member Will Symonds crossed the line first, but David Shipstone’s Finn was corrected to first with handicap.

The open nature of the races saw nine different boats taking part in the morning’s racing.

The second race also saw the Finn win after correction but, with two Punts coming second and third.

Over lunch the wind increased and with a course running the centre of the broad there was some dramatic racing between the Punts of Chris Haslam, Jane Pye, James Clarke and Rupert Reddington and spinnakers were often raised to add a dash of colour to the now very bright but windy scene with drama added by both crew and helm trapezing in the great winds.

In the third and fourth races, run back to back, the Punts only lost out to Peter Dearnley’s Wayfarer on handicap correction.

In the final race, Glenn Barker split the Punts by sailing into third place in his Solo, the only single-hander to get a podium finish on the day.

Comments in the clubhouse expressed the quality and closeness of the day’s racing and how superb it was to be racing on such a great piece of water.

Hickling Sailing Club was sharing the water around the clubhouse with the Windsurfing Club enjoying its open day under the RYA banner.

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